The History of Standup

19 EpisodesProduced by Wayne Federman & Andrew Steven / The Podglomerate Website

Comedian and professor Wayne Federman has spent his life studying the art and history of standup comedy. Join him and fellow student, Andrew Steven, as they look back at some of standup’s most interesting moments, places, and people.

19 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Season 1 Trailer

August 28th, 2018

Join comedian Wayne Federman and Andrew Steven for The History of Standup, a look back at some of comedy’s most interesting moments. Full episodes …

Ep. 01: In One, Television, and the Birth of Standup

September 18th, 2018

Television and standup have been intertwined since their conception. Which is why, when two historic television programs debuted just days apart in …

Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

September 25th, 2018

The comedy albums of the 1960’s ushered in a new era of standup, eventually leading to the the worlds first comedy clubs opening their doors, helping drive the standup comedy boom of the ’80s. This is episode 2 of a …

Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

October 2nd, 2018

In the 1970s a successful appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” was the goal of every young standup, as was epitomized one night in …

Ep. 04: The 1980’s Comedy Boom

October 9th, 2018

A fast and unexpected proliferation of comedy clubs cover the country. Long Island natives Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld ascend to legendary status …

Ep. 05: Alt Comedy and Def Comedy

October 16th, 2018

As the comedy club boom goes bust, standups adapt to this new reality. A DIY ethic emerges and spreads from coast to coast as more and more comedians …

Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

October 23rd, 2018

Social media provides new ways for standups to communicate directly with their fans, comedy content is democratized, Netflix floods the market, and a new comedy boom explodes that is even bigger than the last one. This …

Live with Demetri Martin and Ian Abramson (Bonus Episode)

November 20th, 2018

Recorded Live at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth in Los Angeles, Wayne and Andrew join comedians Ian Abramson and Demetri Martin for a special live episode of The History of Standup.

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Jimmy Pardo and the History of Comedy Podcasts (Bonus Episode)

January 22nd, 2019

Earlier in the season (episode 6) we spoke with Never Not Funny podcast host Jimmy Pardo about podcasting's influence on the standup comedy scene. …

Judd Apatow meets Totie Fields (Bonus Episode)

April 2nd, 2019

One of the exciting things about making The History of Standup has been discovering relationships that connect standup over generations. On this episode we hear how Judd Apatow was influenced by the raucous‐voiced …

Season 2 Trailer

May 14th, 2019

Wayne Federman and Andrew Steven are back for Season 2 of The History of Standup — taking a closer looking at the rooms, scenes, and places where …

S2 Ep. 01: Holy City Zoo

June 4th, 2019

Hear how a small clubhouse influenced the city of San Francisco and inspired a new wave of comedians that helped shape modern standup.

Featuring interviews with Greg Behrendt, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Margaret Cho, Debi …

S2 Ep. 02: The Playboy Circuit

June 11th, 2019

Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine prove to be an unlikely champion for an era of comedy between night clubs and the comedy boom.

Featuring interviews with Dick Capri, Tom Dressen, Patty Farmer, Shecky Greene, Kliph …

S2 Ep. 03: The Apollo and the Chitlin’ Circuit

June 18th, 2019

An iconic New York City theater and a collection of black venues provided opportunities for comedians and entertainers during racial segregation, the …

S2 Ep. 04: The Academy Awards

June 25th, 2019

The Academy Awards has showcased standups throughout its 91-year history, most notably Bob Hope. We look at Bob and the other comedians who have …

S2 Ep. 05: Broadway

July 2nd, 2019

Only a few standups were able to parlay their talents into a successful Broadway run. Hear the story of those comics who conquered the legitimate …

S2 Ep. 06: Meltdown

July 9th, 2019

Find out how, for six years, the back room of a comic book store became one of the best independent standup venues in the United States.

Featuring …

S2 Ep. 07: Lyons Den and The Lincoln Lodge

July 16th, 2019

Hear how an open mic and an alt room become the center of standup in Chicago in the early 2000s.

Featuring Interviews with Nate Craig, Matt Dwyer, …

That's a Wrap (Bonus Episode)

July 23rd, 2019

A brief look at where we’ve been and were were going as we continue exploring the history of standup. Featuring moments with James Adomian, Cameron …
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